BANGOR — U.S. Rep.Mike Michaud has announced a special presentation of the Maine-made film “A Marine’s Guide to Fishing,” and a forum on post-traumatic stress disorder among Maine soldiers, to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Husson University’s Gracie Theater.
“They’ve served, they’ve sacrificed, and now they need our help,” said Michaud.
The congressman, who serves on the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health, quoted a 2006 study of Maine National Guard members serving in Iraq. It found that at least 25 percent of veterans were reporting significant problems with PTSD, yet only 15 percent sought available help.
The 15-minute film “A Marine’s Guide to Fishing” profiles Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Matthew Pennington of Pittsfield and his struggles on returning home.
Before starring in “A Marine’s Guide to Fishing,” Pennington served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He lost his left leg below the knee and suffered serious injury to his right leg when an IED, an improvised explosive device, detonated near his vehicle in Iraq in 2006.
“Too many returning soldiers are struggling with PTSD,” said Pennington. “I hope my story will start many discussions and lead those who need help to get it.”
Pennington will attend the screening of “A Marine’s Guide to Fishing” and take part in the post-film discussion about PTSD and its toll on soldiers.
Also attending the screening will be Maine’s adjutant general, Gen. John W. Libby; and Army Maj. Darryl Lyon, who represents the Maine Infantry Foundation. The foundation is steward for a charity to help solders, widows and orphans affected by conflicts.
Libby and Lyon will join the post-film discussion about the availability and importance of affording Maine’s returning soldiers the care they need and deserve.
Admission to the screening and discussion is free, but donations to the Maine Infantry Foundation will be appreciated.